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South Africa President Zuma survives no-confidence vote

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Staff Writer | August 8, 2017
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Africa   177 voted against Zuma, and 198 voted in his favor

South African President Jacob Zuma survived a secret no-confidence vote Tuesday by Parliament over allegations of corruption.

After hours of debate, lawmakers put the two-term leader's fate to a vote - 177 voted against Zuma, and 198 voted in his favor. Nine abstained from voting. Had he lost, he and his entire cabinet would have had to resign.

Protesters, both for and against the embattled president, caused traffic jams across Johannesburg, authorities said.

Zuma's African National Congress party dominates the legislature, holding 249 of the 400 seats. The opposition believed at least 50 lawmakers in the ANC would defect and vote against Zuma.

Zuma has now survived six parliamentary votes to remove him from office since he assumed the presidency in 2009, but Tuesday's vote was the first secret ballot vote.


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